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March 13, 2022

Enjoy a special dinner menu for charity from Stina and the 'Sushi Whisperer'

Kevin Yanaga of Izakaya by Yanaga teams up with head chef of the South Philly restaurant, with proceeds going to the Asian Arts Initiative

Yanaga at Stina Courtesy of/Stina

As part of its 'Guest Chef Charity Dinner Series,' Stina is hosting Kevin Yanaga, otherwise known as the 'Sushi Whisperer' for a collaboration menu on Tuesday, March 22 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Stina – the South Philadelphia pizzeria that specializes in Mediterranean fare – is bringing back its guest chef charity dinner series. 

On Tuesday, March 22, from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., Kevin Yanaga, chef and owner at Izakaya by Yanaga in Fishtown, will prepare a multi-course meal, with 20% of the proceeds going to the Asian Arts Initiative. 

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Otherwise known as the "Sushi Whisperer," Yanaga is set to open his second restaurant, Omakase by Yanaga, later this year. 

"This is an exciting chance every month to mix things up in the kitchen and collaborate with chefs I have worked with and admired over the years, as well as an opportunity to help support up-and-coming chefs and those with new projects in the works," said Bobby Saritsoglou, owner of Stina. "The first time I met Kevin was in Center City in the alley where all the chefs seem to congregate before service. We instantly found similarities in our lives and careers." 

The collaboration menu will be $85, plus an optional sake flight for $15, courtesy of Sango Kura, Pennsylvania's only sake brewery. 

Yanaga at Stina Prix Fixe MenuCourtesy of/Stina

The multi-course menu is available for $85, plus an optional $15 sake flight from Sango Kura, Pennsylvania's only sake brewery.

Dishes to be featured on the multi-course menu are below. 

Scallop sashimi: tapenade, ponzu sauce
Rice Crispy: spicy tuna, crispy sushi rice
Nakatsu karaage fried chicken: boneless fried chicken, sriracha buffalo sauce
Umami Cuke: spicy sesame soy sauce, marinaded cucumber
Duck onigiri: duck confit, mochi rice, soy tare sauce 
Salmon chirashi sushi: salmon sashimi over sushi rice
Pork tan-tan mazemen (soupless ramen): pork meat sauce, spicy sesame sauce, egg
Matcha tea-infused cake: matcha tea infused cake, milk honey custard

"When he (Saritsoglou) invited me to take part in this event it was a given that I would want to participate," said Yanaga. "I have tons of respect for Bobby and his talent, but also admire all they are doing at Stina to give back. Also, I always wanted to bring my cuisine to South Philly as we have so many fans and friends down there. This is a win-win and I can't wait to meet everyone in Bobby's neighborhood."

March's beneficiary of the guest chef series is the Asian Arts Initiative, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit arts center in Chinatown North that hosts artists' residencies, exhibitions, and workshops, and works as a community hub. 

Yanaga at Stina Collaboration MenuCourtesy of/Stina

On Tuesday, March 22 from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m., enjoy a collaboration menu from Stina owner Bobby Saritsoglou and Izakaya by Yanaga owner Kevin Yanaga.

The charity-based aspect of the dinner series focuses on a key part of Stina's mission – to support organizations that are making an important influence on people's lives. 

Since starting the series, Stina has been able to donate more than $10,000 to 14 local organizations, including Women in Transition, Stephen Girard Elementary, Philadelphia Bail Fund, and Attic Youth Center. 

Reservations for the collaboration dinner are available on Resy. 

An Evening With Chef Kevin Yanaga

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
4 p.m. until 10 p.m. | $85 plus optional $15 sake flight
1705 Snyder Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19145